The other day the kids and I were at the dollar store when we came across some colored sand in the art section. I knew better than to pass it by, but focused on the original purpose of the trip I continued walking anyway, and when I returned to buy that colored sand a few weeks later it was gone. Of course. (Like I said, I knew better).
By then I had already committed to doing to sand/glue art with William, so I was committed to finding an affordable alternative. My solution? Find out how to make fake sand art!
Salt + food coloring = faux sand
Here’s How to Make Fake Sand Art
Place desired amount of salt into a container with a tight snap on lid. Add a few drops of food coloring (depending on the desired saturation), replace lid and shake.
I used kosher salt, but a fine grain salt works just as well.
The salt may need a few minutes to dry out a bit, so while that is happening get your kiddie making a design out of glue. This was William’s favorite part.
Then, invite your child to sprinkle pinches of salt onto the glue. William really just wanted to pour the whole container onto the paper, which would have been ok except that part of the purpose of this activity was for William to practice using his pincher grasp.
The final product looks like this:
Be prepared, however, for the fabulous mess this kind of art can make. Well worth it. 😉 (I think next time I’ll lay down a sheet on the table so I can just pull up the corners and shake the mess outside).
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.